November 2011 Update

November has been a busy month at Slukat Learning Center. After celebrating its 4th Anniversary, there are many things happening at Slukat

Welcomed our Volunteer

This month, five people came to volunteering in Slukat.  We welcome Back Tara from Australia and Rebecca from Holland. They volunteered with us previously and come back again…The students are very happy to meet their teachers again.

We also welcome Jane and Lotte from Holland and Mark from Australia. We hope they enjoy their time with the children and staffs in Slukat.

    

 

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Come Visit The Slukat Knowledge Center

By Kelly Coburn, Volunteer Instructor

The Slukat Knowledge Center is a new model for combining Balinese and expatriate forces to bring free English and computer training to the teens of rural Gianyar. If you have a little time and a lot of heart, or if you are looking to exchange teaching for lodging, you could help make a big difference in the future education and careers of these fine young people.

The Founders of The Center are a well-known Balinese professional couple whose names are not important for this article. They grew up in Keramas and Klungkung. Over recent years, they’ve noticed some alarming problems among local youth: poor English test scores upon completion of middle school, a lack of basic computer skills and a general lack of self-confidence. As a consequence, these teens have been unable to gain admittance to good high schools, and have had limited success with tourism industry jobs where interaction with expatriates is important.

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Giving Back in Bali, One Lesson at a Time | The Jakarta Globe

Gianyar, Bali. “Simon says touch your nose!” Greg Forthuber tells his group of nine students. Some of the students quickly touch their noses, but several others fail to follow the instruction as they try to figure out what a “nose” is. But despite having to sit out the rest of the game, the students still cheer on throughout.

On this particular afternoon, the students at the Slukat Learning Center are playing a game of Simon Says to improve their English. But English is not the only subject taught at the SLC, which has about 150 students from low-income families between the ages of 8 and 18.

The center also provides courses in computing, recycling, organic gardening, yoga and traditional Balinese dance.
“And all of the students take part in the programs free of charge,” says I Gusti Agung Rai, who founded SLC with his wife.

The SLC is in Keramas village in Gianyar, about 30 kilometers from Denpasar, the provincial capital. The center was founded in 2007, when Agung’s family and a group of friends from the United States started giving free English lessons to underprivileged children in Gianyar.

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